Albert Gleizes: For and Against the Twentieth Century

Albert Gleizes: For and Against the Twentieth Century

by Peter Brooke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300089643

ISBN-13: 9780300089646

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

Few painters lived the intellectual adventures of the early twentieth century as intensely as Albert Gleizes. At the center of the public scandal over Cubism that broke out in Paris in 1911, he was with Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia in New York during the war and was one of the first European avant-garde artists to respond to the scale and vigor of New York life

Overview

Few painters lived the intellectual adventures of the early twentieth century as intensely as Albert Gleizes. At the center of the public scandal over Cubism that broke out in Paris in 1911, he was with Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia in New York during the war and was one of the first European avant-garde artists to respond to the scale and vigor of New York life. Gleizes was also one of the few French painters of the 1920s to recognize non-representational painting as the logical development of Cubism. Gleizes’ work as a painter is accompanied by an immense body of theoretical work, addressing the question posed so starkly by Duchamp and Picabia: why should we paint? What is the justification for the work of art? This fascinating book follows Gleizes’ argument as it evolves, drawing on detailed analysis of works of art and both published and unpublished writings. It reveals Gleizes not just as a significant historical personality but as a man whose work and thinking remain astonishingly fresh and relevant to the needs of our own time.

Author Biography: Peter Brooke has spent over ten years in France, studying the practice of painting with one of Gleizes’ most distinguished successors, Genevève Dalban, and researching and cataloguing Gleizes’ unpublished writings. Brooke has written extensively on Gleizes and is currently publishing translations of some of his most important texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300089646
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.38(h) x (d)

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